Let's be honest, very, very, very few of us will ever pilot a fighter plane. Even fewer will do so for the United States Navy. And even fewer still will take go for a ride in a blue-and-yellow F/A-18 Hornet belonging to the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team – the Blue Angels.

It's for this reason that you need to drop what you're doing (it's Friday, after all) and head over to Foxtrot Alpha for a long and wildly in-depth interview with Commander Shaun "Linus" Swartz, a former member of the team. It details everything, from the mundane – his qualifications, the weekly schedule and what it's like to join the team – to how members let off steam and what it's like to essentially be viewed in the same vein as your average rock star.

It really is a fascinating read, and one you'd do well to go check out.


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